21 Feb

Image Credits: Measuring Tape by lusi

This week, February 21-27, is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Whether or not yourself or someone close has been impacted by an eating disorder, there are things you can do to help raise awareness that eating disorders are illnesses, not choices.

Girls are susceptible to thousands of negative media messages pertaining to body issues. The National Eating Disorder Association and Sarah Dussault, fitness writer for the Boston Examiner give examples of out to help and how to broadcast a different sort of message about body issues.

Image Credits: Scale 1 by Peter W

One way is to join the Media Watchdogs. Media Watchdogs is a part of the National Eating Disorder Association in which you can write a letter of protest to an organization promoting negative body image or a letter of praise to an organization embracing diversity or sending out a positive message. . Media Watchdogs serves to give concerned parents, as well as concerned youth, an opportunity to have a voice.

Some examples of letter of protest include one written to the clothing company David and Goliath, whose website featured a shirt that said “Miss Anorexic,” downplaying the illness. The shirt was pulled from David and Goliath’s website; however, more controversial shirts can still be found at

Another way to raise awareness is through the power of social media. Tweet facts about eating disorders or post stories of hope. You can also post a link to NEDA’s website.

Finally, you can tell your friends about and participate in one of many awareness walks taking place around the country.

NEDA’s vision is to see a world in which young men and women may find body peace in a society free of eating disorders. This may seem like wishful thinking, but raising up each individual counts. While the media is responsible for negative self image, the vision of NEDA cannot be made possible without using the media in a positive way.


5 Responses to “NEDAwareness”

  1. Emily Bos February 23, 2011 at 1:47 am #


    I enjoyed reading your article on “NED Awareness” week because it was really informative. I had no idea that this week was an week dedicated to the recognition and prevention of eating disorders. I though that Media Watchdogs was a cool organization with a very affluential goal. Thanks for the read!


  2. lisjostaggs February 25, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    This is a great post! I was also unaware that there was a National Eating Disorder Awareness week. I am so glad that there is a place like Media Watchdogs. It is so encouraging to see that other people are fed up with the image society portrays as beautiful, as well.

  3. Barbara O March 2, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    I really enjoyed reading your blog, it was different from the majority of them that I have seen. I liked that you brought awareness to eating disorders and informed us on the media and they tricks that they are using.

  4. jlardrey March 28, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    I loved reading this article. I feel that many people do not shine enough light on how many young women and men are affected by this disorder. I truly hope that this article can give awarness and give the people who are affected by this disorder the help they need.

    -Jessica 🙂


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